Sam Gichuru

“I like it on the Couch” Goes Viral

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Share I always love it when a new meme hits the internet and especially Kenya, Kenyans have the tenacity of a bull dog on a mail man, they take something and do what the worlds knows them best for… run, so Makemende is no longer that big, come-on each race has a finishing line. The new phenomenal is women posting where they like it… So maybe you have come across a face book post, with I like it on my lap, I like it on the couch, I like it…read more

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Killed by Red Phone Number?

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Hi Colleagues,

I don’t know how true this is but just take precaution. Please don’t attend to any calls from the following numbers:

* 7888308001 *
* 9316048121 *
* 9876266211 *
* 9888854137 *
* 9876715587 *

These numbers come in red colors. U may get brain hemorrhage due to high frequency. 27 persons died just receiving the calls watch the DD news to confirm. Please inform all your relatives and friends soon it’s urgent.

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Get out of the Rat Race – project Management

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Share Do you have many great ideas but cant implement, I do, lack of a proper plan and issues like mis-communications , lethargy, budgets , people around me, etc can stop me from achieving my objective, but  I am in luck, Marten Schoonman a projects management guru will be moderating a 2 day exclusive Project Management Training Session at the Nailab. The price is Kshs 9000 but you can get a 15% discount , by entering your information here – inquire here, Take advantage of this offer and come learn and network.

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Safaricom Innovation Board – Nominations

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ShareA few of my friends have submited my name for nominations to this Innovation board, well I think I might need like a thousand nominations to qualify, so If you think I am suitable to sit on Safricoms Innovation Board, the process is simple, they only need , the name , email address, phone number and reason you think that person needs to be on that board.

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Uchaguzi.co.ke , Good use of Technology

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What is Uchaguzi, (Swahili word for “choose”) this is a modified platform of the the ushahidi software, mmmmh… complicated? Ok, Ushahidi (Swahili word for ” testimony”) is a software developed after the 2008 post election violence that rocked Kenya by a team lead by Eric Hersman.

What does the software do? “it provides a web and mo

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The Power of Twitter – The do’s

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A dummy approach to Twitter

Have your objectives ready when you are opening a twitter account, for fun? for business? for entertainment.. etc
Use the 3E rule, Engage, Entertain and Enlighten, people are on social media for that reason and hence work with it.

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Twitter – A Refresher Course

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Remember the objective of twitter is to create a big following, and be able to present valuable information to the people following you, if working from a business angle then the idea is to be able to give those updates and information on products that they need.

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Japans Bid for WorldCup 2012

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ShareJapans bid to the worldcup is making sure you can watch it on your stadium at home, Rather than just promising a fantastic tournament in Japan, they are also offering to show each match as holographic broadcasts in all 208 FIFA member nations. What this means is, instead of turning on your TV to watch a match, you could instead travel to your local stadium in your home country and watch it played out as a holograph. Not only that, but something called viewpoint vision would be available allowing you…read more

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Dufo Mpararo – No translation.

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Ochieng Kakono was the biggest and ugliest chokora in Dandora. We called him “kakono” since his right “mkono” or hand in English, was feeble, thin and paralyzed, but he could still swing the “kakono” and throw a stone with pin-point accuracy a few meters out, thus hitting his target.

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PERSONAL BRANDING

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SharePersonal branding has a variety of names like self branding/ self positioning. It was coined in 1980 by Alkies and Jack Trout in their book titled “Positioning: The battle for your mind”. This is a must read book. Personal branding is the success that comes from self packaging then marketing yourself to the world. This can be related to Oprah, Obama, Donald Trump however these are successful people but there is (you) just Google your name and you will find your personal brand. Market your personality well and with confidence…read more

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BRRR! BRANDING

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Share Many business are like a sea of apples all floating together so you cannot tell one from the other because there is no brand to distinguish them. What is a brand? It is an identity of a specific product, service, or business usually brought out by a name, symbol, sign, color combination or slogan. In our late world there was no such thing as brands but there were symbols that were mainly used by the kings or Nobel men or even the popes. Branding started in the 17th century…read more

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20 Crazy Football Celebrations

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This has me in tears…too funny…. especially the last 4 guys, Roger Milla was not thinking about that last guy when he started this.. must watch

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Kenya Sim Card Registration (CCK)

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Today the government announced an initiative to register all sim cards in an effort to curb cyber crime, this is nothing new. Kenya is the second country in the east Africa after Tanzania, and others within the African region are, South Africa, Cameron, Ghana and Nigeria.

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Very Funny – Only in Kenya

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The Kiambu Town Clerk:
Wanyuanji wa thigara washunge sana . Unyuanji wa thigara bere ya watu
hata huko ije umefigwa marufuku na kaju kuanjia reo.

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5 rules of attraction online

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Don’t forget every post, tweet, blog comment you leave is part of your personal brand , make it consistent and powerful enough to help you achieve your ultimate goals, Let me know if this tips work for your business and personal brand.

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NAILABS Strategy Presentation

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I have found myself being very passionate about incubating SME’s despite the challenges they face in the country and Nailab are a step ahead in this venture,they have formed an incubation platform that gives assistance to young entrepreneurs they get a chance to concentrate on the core items like building business structure’s around their innovations without the need of a high initial capital, this is a great team to work with, great ideas -one of their very successful is the www.onepercentclub.com,

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James Orengo, Coolest Watchie Ever!

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Share Ok!!!! We complain about watchies all the time…. well here is one you cant complain about. His name is James Orengo! yes, you better believe that! he gives this profession a new meaning. He was at Capital Center , then at the Junction and now he is at Bishop Magua’  if you have met him you would remember him.He says hi as you park your car….. helps open the door….. does some small talk,,,,,and salutes you at least twice! And to top it all wishes you blessings!!! He is…read more

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How much is it for a website?

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ShareHave you ever wondered how much a website would cost you? you are not alone, this answer is very elusive, its very hard to come up with a budget for your website, and its also twice as difficult for any web developer to give you an answer on the fly,  yet like any other purchase it’s the most important question, so how do we arrive at a cost for a website? Web design cost vary between US$ 500 – US$ 15,000 (Kshs 40K – 1M), why? because of the different…read more

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New Look Vs Old Look

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ShareI have changed the look of the blog, I could not help liking the new theme which is designed by Design Disease, yes I liked their name as well, and they are infected with very good designs I have to admit. I will be working to customize it but I would like to know, which one do you prefer, the new design or the Old Design we had before? – tomorrow as usual Tech Tuesday on Activate 93.3 Hope FM , Tune in and get a chance to win a…read more

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Hey, Our Website on Ipad

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ShareYes,  it felt like a big Iphone, have to admit it’s a very nifty tool, will explore it further but if you have had any experiences with it, share with us

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Internet Marketing – Search Engine Optimisation

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ShareOrganic Searches. SEO – Search Engine Optimization, is the process of making sure that your website can be seen by search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, – To remain competitive a search engine has to give near perfect results. Get a company that uses “SEOP – Search Engine Optimization and positioning” this is because the efforts are tailored for each website and as a result able to meet your targets. So what do you want to do to make sure that when Google and partners comes looking, it will find…read more

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Mobile Phones – This could Happen to you :)

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I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the next toilet saying:

‘Hi, how are you?’

I’m not the type to start a conversation in the restroom but I don’t know what got into me, so I answered, somewhat embarrassed,

‘I am Doing’ just fine!’

And the other person says:

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Sync Ms Office with Google Docs

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Share Offisync is a Free application that allows you to super charge your Microsoft office, well not in the turbo sense but give it more function. This is useful to you if you use Google docs, if not read you might find that your are missing something important, offisync integrates itself into your Ms office i.e. word, excel , access, etc and adds a bar or what you call a menu, using that menu you can Open a document stored in your Google docs Save a document in your Google…read more

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A blog Vs a Website?

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ShareLast week we reviewed the problem and come up with a solution, this step is very relevant because it enable’s you to understand your online objectives, without being technical James knows what his website requires and the web designers know what is expected of them, so you can now go to www.jamesokumu.com and see what we call a holding, the next step is to come up with the visual design, we are talking colors, and the aesthetics. The look and feel. Those images will be available here shortly. What is…read more

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Google Buys Plink

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Plink makes visual search engines that let you find out more about something just by taking a photo of it. PlinkArt, enables you to identify paintings and artworks with just a snap from your phone’s camera. Once recognized, you can read information on the artwork and artist, share your favorite pieces with friends or even order a print to hang on your wall.

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You, Soft Power and the Internet

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As a young person the internet is the wealth equalizer, it’s a flattener that allows anyone from Nanyuki to New York an equal platform to talk to the world and give your contribute, it’s the 21st century gold rush and you are either digging or design denim jeans for those digging.

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Part One: Designing a Website

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before you design a website it’s imperative to draft your website objectives and goals

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Business Plan Summary

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Share As promised last week, here is a summary of what should be in your business plan, Executive summary – Objective, mission, keys to success Company Summary – Ownership, location, facilities Service / products – What solutions, technology, Competitive comparison, Market analysis-Targets markets, Marketing  needs, trends, growth, competition, etc Web plan Summary – Business model, marketing strategy, development requirements, front end, back end, traffic forecast, etc Management Summary – The team, org -structures, skills Financial Plan – What it will Cost, focus, break even analysis, etc In time I should…read more

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Internet Millionares Under 30

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ShareLast week on radio, we talked about millionaires under 30, and I have to say I am very inspired by this list, I know most of you are slightly over 30 but so will most of this guys in the next 2- 3 years, if that is any consolation,  I am impressed by the fact that this young people have taken what they where given and utilized their full potential and in the process archived great things, I hope to see you the reader on this list very soon Below…read more

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SRS – Any Easy way to do this?

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ShareI am busy coming up with a system requirements specification (SRS)document, anybody with an idea on how to develop this document any easier, its also called the project scope in web development, the only problem with this item is that it requires allot of detail, I will restrain myself from whininig but if anybody out there knows a short cut, share! I guess the best I can do is to post a draft for download for those who might “have to” ever be required to develop such a document in…read more

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Now, a place to start

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ShareThank you for visiting this blog, as you will note, its just started today and hence you will need to be abit more patient before I can provide more information Thank you

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Writting professional Emails

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“Some people hit the send button and they destroy their career and reputation in the process– Even in email we have first impressions…. So make it count.”

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Hosting Delka Dinner

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This is how my relationship with Google was seriously jeopardized, I have promised myself never to Google anything in a rush, the results might cause more harm than good…be warned

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